BINGHAMTON BLACK BEARS at WATERTOWN WOLVES
Black Bears Blank Wolves
by Jeff Barrett
Watertown, NY - The Binghamton Black Bears and Wolves met for the fourth time this season, and first time in Watertown in the first of a home and home series to close out 2022.
The Black Bears would strike first at 8:33 of the first period when Gavin Yates intercepted Greg Hussey's clearing attempt, and was able to slide the puck right back past a sprawling Hussey giving Binghamton a 1-0 lead. with the only goal of the first 20 minutes.
Just 2:55 into the second, Nikita Ivashkin found a streaking Jesse Anderson racing to get behind the Watertown defense. Anderson took advantage of the one on one opportunity to add to the Black Bears lead 2-0.
At the 6:50 of the second, Tyson Kirkby took a Tyler Gjurich feed from the right side and was able to pull it across the front of the goal and dump it back to the top right side of the goal to lengthen the lead to 3-0.
Binghamton would add a 4th goal at the 14:08 mark when Justin Coachman heaved a shot from the left point that hit a defenders stick and changed direction before Hussey could recover to make the save. Tyler Gjurich was credited with his second assist of the night. The goal brought an end to the evening for starter Greg Hussey.
Things really came unhinged at the 14:22 mark when the Black Bears Taylor Cutting would take a slew of penalties including, unsportsmanlike conduct, Instigator, fighting, and a game misconduct for aggressor. The Wolves Larry Yellowknee would would also get an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. As Cutting was leaving the ice he pulled a Wolves player over the boards, leading to a big scrum between both team benches, that took several minutes to get under control. After cooler heads prevailed, the period would finally end with Binghamton leading 4-0.
The third period had several chances to score for each team with two Wolves players hitting the pipes on shots, and Watertown keeper Travis Smith having to fend off a couple of point blank shots. Binghamton finally solved Smith at 11:24 of the third when Jesse Anderson found himself on the receiving end of a Austin Thompson crossing path, and redirected the puck to the back of the net. Mac Lewis would also get credited with an assist on the play.
Jesse Anderson was able to slide another shot home at 19:44 to give him a hat trick for the night assisted this time by Austin Thompson.
Riley McVeigh recorded the shutout in net for the Black Bears, stopping all 38 shots he faced.
Watertown outshot Binghamton 38-24 for the game. Both teams were scoreless on multiple power plays. The Black Bears went 0 for 7 on extra man attempts while the Wolves were 0 for 10.
The two teams will meet again on New Years Eve in Binghamton with the puck drop slated for 5:00 pm.